PERRY: ‘Balancing’ the rights of women is our generation’s ‘Separate But Equal’ ruse

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Thousands of protesters march around the Arizona Capitol after the Supreme Court decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision on June 24, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

It’s easy to understand why the Constitution and the nation would protect women’s right to abortion. The mystery is why so many conservatives don’t understand it.

Even as kids in Colorado, we could comprehend the basis of the state’s monumental leap past the abortion debate in 1967, when Republicans here essentially legalized a woman’s right to choose.

The words are plain and easy to understand: “women’s rights.”

From the beginning of when states like Colorado pushed past religious zealotry, and the narcissism it would take to think you could make decisions like that for other people, the abortion debate has always been about human rights.

It was easy for most of my generation to understand then, and now, how repulsive it would be to allow the government to make medical decisions for anyone.

White American men had enjoyed that and other freedoms from the day everyone saw the “rocket’s red glare.”

It took about a century before the same right of self-determination was bestowed on men of color.

It wasn’t until well into the 20th Century that men, running all levels of government, begrudgingly began sharing their exclusive human rights with American women.

And here we are, still marching toward 300 years of American independence for everyone but women.

It still surprises me that a political party that led the mythical “death panel” argument against Obamacare so easily turns a blind eye to those very real death panels now in Texas and other backward states.

For those who had no idea before the end of Roe vs Wade at the hands of the Supreme Court this summer, the complicated abortion debate is much more than “right-to-life” soundbites.

A Texas woman told the Washington Post in July that new Texas abortion ban forced her to carry her dead fetus for two weeks because doctors wouldn’t perform medical procedures associated with abortion, outlawed by state lawmakers and Gov. Greg Abbott.

Just last week, a Texas woman told CNN reporters that she had to flee Texas to New Mexico for an abortion after discovering that a long-wanted pregnancy had severe heart, brain, kidney and genetic defects and would be still born at full term. She was more than three months pregnant.

“How could you be so cruel as to pass a law that you know will hurt women, and that you know will cause babies to be born in pain?” Kailie DeSpain said. She described herself as a former, quintessential Texas pro-lifer. “How is that humane? How is that saving anybody?”

It’s not.

The lesson is unequivocal: Neither the government, nor anyone, has any business making any health decisions for others, including women, and especially decisions involving reproduction.

It doesn’t take much imagination to understand how barbaric it is for someone to impose pregnancy on another human.

Republican candidates, thinking they had won the right-wing-base lottery with the indefensible Supreme Court Dobbs decision early this summer, have since been schooled in the reality of the situation.

It’s always been about women’s rights, the right to wield control over their own bodies, just like men.

Candidates like Joe O’Dea, running for Senate in Colorado, still can’t grasp the fundamental wrong in saying that all people are created equal, except for women.

Last week, O’Dea told 9News Next host Kyle Clark that after months of fumbling with his claims to being a “moderate” on abortion rights, that he thinks he’s found a political sweet spot in the controversy.

He told Clark that he would see his role as a Republican U.S. senator to bring “balance” to the abortion rights debate.

That sense of “balance” and human rights was what led to Jim Crow laws in the South and the horror of “separate but equal.” 

Bringing “balance” to the suffrage fight would have allowed women to vote in school board and county commissioner elections, but not for governor or president.

Don’t think for a moment that even though Colorado state lawmakers earlier this year created a new legislative anchor for women’s reproductive rights that this is just a problem for women in other states.

Local abortion and women’s health care providers say the problem in those other states already affects women here.

“When we are literally overrun with patients who need abortion services, patients can’t get in to see us for birth control, cancer screenings, wellness exams, or emergency contraception,” said Dr. Kristina Tocce, who works at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, describing the situation to The Sentinel as a public health crisis.

Politics is what created this crisis, and it’s the only thing now that can fix it.

It’s easy to test candidates for state and federal offices this year on this critical human rights question, thrust into the election by the Supreme Court.

If a candidate believes the government has any roll in deciding abortion or reproduction issues for women, they’re not “balanced.” They’re the problem. 

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Don
Don
19 days ago

No

Joe Felice
Joe Felice
19 days ago

And politics is going to fix it. They’re just going to pass a federal law banning abortions in all 50 states. How’s that for leaving people with their own rights? And yet, that’s the same party that decries the federal government’s ability to tell people what to do. The hypocrisy boggles the mind.

Michael L Moore
Michael L Moore
19 days ago

Now Lindsey Graham wants to ban all abortions after 15 weeks – nationally! If people who believe in the fundamental right to choose for all women needed an example of where we are headed with these MAGA right-wing nuts, now you have it! Evidently, the GOP decided that it wasn’t a states rights issue after all. They want to control all people, everywhere. Today they also are at work on overturning the bump stock ban after dozens were killed in Las Vegas. Their stated aims include bringing Medicare and Social Security up for votes to see if we should keep these programs. Meanwhile, they want to lower taxes for corporations and the wealthy. What do they want to do for regular citizens? Nothing that I see… I say vote straight BLUE this fall!

Don
Don
18 days ago

I agree he should have proposed a ban after twelve weeks like the rest of the developed world.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
19 days ago

If a candidate believes the government has any roll in deciding abortion or reproduction issues for women, they’re not “balanced.” They’re the problem.”

Just a quick reminder that no more than 25% of the American population supports abortion without restrictions all the way up until the “clump of cells” fully emerges from the magic birth canal trip, and that’s after 50 years of Roe. Contrary to his rhetoric, Perry and his fellow travelers are in the vast minority here.

At the same time, I fully support Democrats in deep blue states aborting 100% of their “clumps of cells.”

FactsOverFeelings
FactsOverFeelings
19 days ago

You’re right, very few Americans support abortions with no restrictions up until birth. The vast majority of women’s rights advocates aren’t asking for that. 61% of Americans support a woman’s right to choose, and most of us are fine with common sense restrictions like limits on late-term abortions.

Republicans tend to lack “common sense” so they’re trying to pass laws banning very early term abortions, in many cases before women even know they’re pregnant. They’re trying to ban abortions for women who might die from medical complications. They’re trying to ban abortions in cases where the fetus isn’t going to be viable, or the baby is going to die soon after birth, but they want to force the mother to carry to term and go through a physically and emotionally painful birth.

For what? The only times abortion is mentioned in the bible is when god is instructing his soldiers to go kill pregnant women and their babies. God performs more abortions through miscarriage than any doctors. This isn’t a religious issue. This is old white men trying to take rights away from anyone who isn’t in their club.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
19 days ago

Claiming that the majority support ” a woman’s right to choose” while admitting that very few actually support that is disingenuous. You either support abortion up until the moment of birth for any reason, or you don’t. Perry and the lefty centers here support the former, despite being in.the minority. A logical assessment would be that such a.position is in fact the extreme one.

The rest of your post is just rhetorical smoke that doesn’t mean anything.

FactsOverFeelings
FactsOverFeelings
18 days ago

You either support abortion up until the moment of birth for any reason, or you don’t.”

In that case I assume by voting for the GOP who is backed by neo-Nazi organizations, you’re also ok with throwing minorities in concentration camps and exterminating them?

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
17 days ago

Considering your side was okay with it when Mao did it, you’re hardly one to criticize.

FactsOverFeelings
FactsOverFeelings
18 days ago

Trying to force it to be “all or nothing” to twist the statistics to support your position is something only someone who knows they’re in the minority would do.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
17 days ago

No, your side wants it to be all or nothing. That’s why they’re having a hissy fit over restriction proposals.practiced in most of the world.

sugar
sugar
19 days ago

That figure Factory Working Orphan quoted is wrong.
Over 60% support the right to abortion.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
19 days ago
Reply to  sugar

The figure sugar quoted is wrong. No more than 25 percent support abortion with no restrictions whatsoever. The majority support it up through the first trimester, after which it falls off dramatically. No ount of wishing will make it otherwise.

Rev. Beth Robey Hyde
Rev. Beth Robey Hyde
18 days ago

Some years ago, when I became the first woman pastor many of my congrergants has ever seen, cries arose among the congregation that there should also be a man in the pulpit “for balance”. I told them if they wanted balance they would have to wait until there had been 2000 years of only women.

sugar
sugar
18 days ago

criminalizing contraception will be next.

Sandy
18 days ago

When a man faces jail time for having an abortion; when a man gets pregnant and the woman leaves; when a man gets pregnant after being raped; when a man gets pregnant while on welfare and raising three kids already; when a man has casual sex and accidently gets pregnant; then I want to hear their opinions on abortions. Until then, I suggest a federal law be passed that all men get vasectomies at the age of 16, and when they sign a binding document that they have found the woman they will share parental duties with for life, the vasectomy will be reversed, and the man may procreate. No man may take a stance on abortion until he is willing to be part of the discussion, the punishment, and bear the responsibility of raising and supporting the child for life. All of these responses by men mean nothing.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
17 days ago
Reply to  Sandy

The vast majority of abortions are for convenience, not your marginal laundry list. Maybe you should have your eggs frozen so you won’t have to worry about it.

DICK MOORE
18 days ago

Just more hatred developed by Dave Perry. This time women and their rights versus men and pro lifers. I believe that Dave and the Sentinel think they are doing a service by making people think about different things.

But, in this black and white thinking world all they do is develop ill will between and against the citizens of Aurora.